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ON 8 September
2010, plans to create a special delivery vehicle to take forward the
Atlantic Gateway concept were widely welcomed, following a meeting
between Local Authority Leaders and Peel Holdings. This new vehicle
will work closely with and be accountable to the three sub-regional
LEPs (Cheshire and Warrington, Greater Manchester and Liverpool),
once these are formed. This approach means that there is no
requirement for a separate AG LEP.
Atlantic Gateway is an outstanding opportunity for collaboration
across the Manchester to Liverpool area with the potential for
driving over 100,000 new private jobs on the back of £50 to 75bn of
private sector investment.
The Leaders were clear and unanimous in their view that a Local
Enterprise Partnership (LEP) based on Atlantic Gateway would be
unnecessary and counter productive. Together with Peel they have
agreed with Peel that there should be a vehicle established
accountable to the three LEPs take forward the exciting, unique and
innovative opportunity offered by Atlantic Gateway. Although the
governance arrangements for such a vehicle have still to be agreed
and are likely to include representatives from the 3 LEPs and key
private sector interests in the area.
In today’s global economy, business is no longer reliant simply on
what goes on in a local context, but also on infrastructure and
innovation both nationally and internationally, as reflected in the
Atlantic Gateway strategy already agreed by Local Authority Leaders.
Atlantic Gateway is a wide thematic framework based on issues best
dealt across the wider geography but is also based upon ensuring the
infrastructure is in place to support private sector growth. Peel
Holdings and other substantial firms in the area have a strong part
to play in this.
Leaders considered the widely reported LEP submission by Peel to
Government and have agreed with Peel that a joint ambition should be
the creation of a new vehicle, with collaboration between the 3 LEPs
in the area and the private sector focussed on delivering the
It was agreed that, given the rapidly changing policy environment it
was vital not to lose momentum on an Atlantic Gateway strategy and
collaboration which has the potential to become, working with the
LEPs, an agent for transformational change – helping to rebalance
the UK economy with Manchester and Liverpool at the heart of a
John Merry, Chair of the Atlantic Gateway Leaders Group said:-
“We’ve come a long way in the North West in recognising that we
work better together than alone – take the strength of partnership
within AGMA for example. It is a big leap to break down old
rivalries and join forces, and this is what Atlantic Gateway is all
about. It is critical that we keep this important collaboration on
track and in line with other developments in the region. We need to
ensure that whatever is created complements the activities of the
three LEPs rather than being in the position of competing for
resources. We agree that this should not be a LEP but a new vehicle
which has a clear remit to work together with the 3 LEPs in the area
on the fundamental economic issues which span boundaries. I’m sure
Government will like the innovation that the public and private
sector in the North West is showing through Atlantic Gateway and we
see no reason why Peel’s underlying plans, in particular, those on
Finance and Community Funds, should not be given very careful
John Whittaker said:- “We are pleased that the Atlantic
Gateway leaders endorse our ideas to create a specialist delivery
vehicle within the new LEP framework proposed by HM Government to
bring forward the large scale and long term investment required to
address some of the deep rooted issues we face including rebalancing
the UK economy in favour of the North and encouraging new investment
on a significant scale.”
MEPs raise animal testing standards
on the use of animals in laboratory testing across Europe were
agreed today by the European Parliament. The new law is
intended to balance concerns about animal welfare with the need to
ensure that medical research can continue.
The Liberal Democrat
MEP Chris Davies said the outcome was a compromise that would raise
standards across the continent. "No country has to relax
controls already in place, but every country will now have to meet
minimum criteria for animal welfare."
Rescue workers team up to offer safety advice to coastal visitors in
emergency maritime rescuers on the north west coast have joined
together to issue important safety advice to walkers and beach users
The move comes after several recent incidents where people have
become stranded in mud patches on beaches along the Sefton coast.
Now, RNLI lifeguards and volunteers from Crosby’s HM Coastguard
Rescue Service, who provide mud rescue in the area, are advising
people on the best way to ensure a safe visit to the area’s beaches.
RNLI Area Lifeguard Supervisor, Pete Rooney said the advice is
particularly timely as the summer lifeguarding season in Sefton
comes to an end on Sunday 12 September 2010.
Pete said:- "RNLI lifeguards will continue to patrol Crosby
beach during daylight hours throughout the winter months but
visitors to other beaches in the area really should make an extra
effort to check the signage at the beach entrances and conditions
with the local Coastguard team before starting their walks."
HM Coastguard’s Mud Rescue team is the official declared emergency
asset for mud rescue on the Sefton coastline, with an area of
responsibility stretching from Warrington in the south to Preston
marina in the north.
Steve Mee, Coastguard Station Officer at Crosby Mud Rescue, said the
team attended more than 100 call outs last year, with around a fifth
concerning mud rescues.
With the majority of coastline mud concentrated between the north
Liverpool and Formby area, Steve said remembering and following
basic advice should stop people getting stuck.
Steve said that:- "With 31 years experience operating along
this stretch of coastline, no quicksand has ever been identified or
located in the area, as far as we are aware. What we do have are
areas of deep mud with hard packed sand underneath. There’s no doubt
that getting caught in a patch of sticky mud can be frightening but
if people remember the advice and try not to panic, they won’t come
to any harm."
Both the RNLI and HM Coastguard advise visitors who are getting
stuck in the mud to follow their tracks back to the last firm
surface they stepped off from. If people are surrounded by mud, they
should call 999 and ask for the coastguard who will dispatch the
relevant emergency team to assist.
With up to 18 members, the Coastguard Mud Rescue team is mainly
tasked to respond to incidents along Crosby beach around Anthony
Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ installation. Signage placed
by Sefton Council along the 2.4 mile stretch of beach advises
visitors not to venture 50 metres beyond the promenade to the low
tide mark due to the soft mud.
Pete said:- "We encourage people to visit the coast and enjoy
the statues, but please remember to stay within 50 metres of the
promenade. If you do wish to go further down, please visit the
lifeguards on duty and ask for advice on any areas to avoid."
welcomes young record-breakers
A North West
Euro-MP has called on the European Parliament to congratulate
children in Gaza who this summer broke two world records.
Chris Davies told MEPs in Strasbourg that 7200 Palestinian children
in the territory that is under Israeli blockade came together to
break world records for bouncing basketballs and for flying kites.
The events took place at summer schools organised by the UN Relief
and Works Agency (UNRWA).
The Liberal Democrat, who has visited Gaza four times, said that the
world heard often about the difficulties faced by the 1.6 million
people living in Gaza but too rarely of events that brought pleasure
He said that:-
"Over half the people in Gaza are less than 18 years old. They
cannot be blamed for any disputes with Israel and they have too few
opportunities to enjoy the simple pleasures of childhood."